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AASCU Statement on Proposed "Skinny Budget."
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Excellence and Innovation
AASCU is accepting submissions for its 2017 awards program designed to honor the achievements of our members. Learn more


AASCU’s Grants Resource Center Celebrates 50 Years of Service.
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Founding Celebrations!
University of South Carolina Upstate celebrates its 50th anniversary. Learn more

 

Programs

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University students are using food as a lens to study the economic systems, history and geography of other countries. Students enrolled in the History and Geography of Food course at BHSU are tasting and traveling their way through Italy while on Spring Break. Read more

California State University Stanislaus
Stanislaus State's Endangered Species Recovery Program discovered a giant kangaroo rat on Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Kern County. Bitter Creek established a partnership with the university three years ago to enhance the small mammal monitoring efforts on the refuge. Read more

Georgia College
Georgia College students are changing the lives of children in local preschools. They conduct empathy-training sessions for children who display a range of behavioral or emotional issues. After working one year with Georgia College students, about 75 to 80 percent can function in inclusive classrooms without pull-out services. Read more

Jacksonville State University (Ala.)
Jacksonville State University’s Collaborative Regional Education program and 2gno.me have partnered to bring a first-of-its-kind professional development platform to K-12 superintendents, principals and assistant principals nationwide. Read more

Sacramento State
Sacramento State has stepped up to shelter students who find themselves homeless. The university's new Student Emergency Housing Program will allow for one male and one female student at a time to live in a residence hall for up to 30 days, meals included. Other efforts to address student financial hardships include a program to help those who experience food insecurity. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Dr. Alexandru Biris, director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences, led the development of the NuCress scaffold, a temporary, implantable filler for missing bone that encourages healthy bone regeneration and is absorbed into the body. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • A discovery in a research lab at the University of Central Florida is helping keep safe crews in power plants, workers with industrial gases and even aerospace engineers. Intellipigment, a color-changing adhesive tape that detects hydrogen leaks, was created thanks to the collaboration between UCF and NASA researchers in 2010. After rigorous testing, the tape went through the technology-transfer process and has been launched to market. Read more
  • A medical robotics company has licensed University of Central Florida expertise to develop software for a new surgical-robotic platform. AVRA Medical Robotics Inc., which has an office in the UCF Business Incubator, has partnered with Professor Zhihua Qu and Research Professor Eytan Pollak of the College of Engineering & Computer Science to develop algorithms and sensors to navigate and control a robot capable of assisting physicians with performing minimally invasive surgical procedures. Read more
  • The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program, a 15-week course offered at the UCF Incubator, is giving qualified veterans the ability to learn not just the basics of starting a business, but the real-life challenges associated with customer relations, revenue models, pitch presentation, and other critical components of running a successful company. The UCF Business Incubation Program is being reimbursed up to $85,000 by Veterans Florida to run the class. Read more

University of Northern Iowa

  • A $1 million gift from HNI Corporation to the University of Northern Iowa is providing the finishing touches on the renovation of Schindler Education Center, home to the university’s College of Education. The gift established the HNI Corporation Instructional Resources and Technology Services (IRTS) Lab and helped furnish the facility. Read more
  • RSM US LLP (“RSM”), the leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, raised $1 million to create the first RSM Chaired Professorship at the University of Northern Iowa's College of Business Administration. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Winthrop University First Lady Laura Mahony recently launched the Winthrop Women’s Coalition. The coalition was created to bring together strong, accomplished, philanthropic women who want to get more engaged and involved with the university. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Cleveland State University (Ohio)
Cleveland State University has received a $1 million gift from local philanthropists Barbara and Frank Sullivan. The funds will be used to create The Pratt Center – Fostering Success and Leadership, which will provide greatly expanded academic support services and personal and professional development activities for CSU students who have exited foster care. Read more

Dakota State University (S.D.)

  • Through Telligen and a contract with CMS, HealthPOINT at Dakota State University will provide technical customized assistance to small medical practices in rural and frontier areas of North and South Dakota. Read more
  • Dakota State University researchers are among those using real-time data from a local health institution to study patient data trends. Read more

Georgia College
Drs. Nicole DeClouette, associate professor of education, and Chesley Mercado, professor of music therapy, recently helped the Baldwin Life Enrichment Center write and secure a $100,000 grant from Benchmark Human Services. The funding established the Creative Enrichment Center, which serves adults with disabilities living in Baldwin County. Read more

Kennesaw State University (Ga.)

  • Kennesaw State’s Lawrence V. Johnson Library on the Marietta Campus received its first endowment, a $30,000 gift from Jane and Ralph Johnson, the son of the library’s namesake.
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  • A flourishing three-year relationship with a global industry leader has spawned another opportunity for Kennesaw State students. A $30,000 gift from LexisNexis® Risk Solutions to the College of Computing and Software Engineering – the first endowment for the College – will soon provide scholarships for students. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Members of the Campus Garden Alliance have partnered with the Trojan Food Pantry at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to provide fresh produce for the food pantry. A $2,000 grant from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance will aid the effort by providing equipment for the Campus Garden Alliance. Read more
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration recently awarded a $1 million federal grant to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to continue the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center's work in 2017. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center helped clients obtain nearly $70 million in capital funding and open 141 businesses in 2016. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma’s Student Transformative Learning Record funded 61 Transformative Learning projects for spring and summer 2017, totaling $249,550. The student projects span disciplines in all five of the university’s colleges. Read more

University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia received two new grant awards totaling $40,000 from the University System of Georgia’s Affordable Learning Grant program, which focuses on reducing the costs of college textbooks for students. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Angelo State University (Texas)
Dr. Joel Alejandro (Alex) Mejia of the Angelo State University civil engineering faculty will receive the 2016 William Elgin Wickenden Award by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for having the best research paper published in the ASEE’s Journal of Engineering Education during the 2016 volume year. Read more

Dakota State University (S.D.)
DSU has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA for 2016. Read more

Kennesaw State University (Ga.)
An education abroad program that took 11 students to four continents for a semester of study earned Kennesaw State University a 2017 Innovation Award in Internationalization from the Association of International Education Administrators. Read more

Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) is now designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides the university with greater access and broader eligibility for federal grant funding. A&M-SA serves nearly 5,500 students, with 80 percent of the inaugural freshman class and 70 percent of the student body overall identifying as Hispanic. Read more

Salisbury University (Md.)
Salisbury University earned the 2017 Exemplary Professional Development School (PDS) Achievement Award from the National Association of Professional Development Schools for its collaborative partnerships with Snow Hill Elementary School. The award applauds outstanding school-university partnerships that shape current and future educators. SU is the only non-research one university to earn such national recognition for its PDS partnerships at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Read more

University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida recently became the first public university in the state to offer students neurofeedback therapy, a treatment for various mental health disorders that helps patients gain more control over their brain activity. Read more

University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia (UNG) has earned a Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Tree Campus USA is a national program created by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Read more

University of Northern Iowa
University of Northern Iowa faculty member Deirdre Heistad, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, has been selected as a recipient of the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates award. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
The Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) awarded Winthrop University's Macfeat Laboratory School an Honorable Mention in its 2016 Family Engagement Contest. Only two schools across twelve states earned this distinction. Read more

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Spotlight

Angelo State University (Texas)

  • Dr. Drew Curtis of the Angelo State University psychology faculty has been elected to serve as a professional representative on the Executive Council of the Southwestern Psychological Association. Read more
  • Angelo State University graduate students Michael Adeyemo of San Angelo and Crystal Moody of Stone Mountain, Ga., have received 2017 William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Awards for the NIRSA South Central Region. Read more

Arkansas State University
Isaac White, a student at Arkansas State University, has been selected as a recipient of a Presidential Management Fellowship. He is the first online Master of Public Administration student at A-State to receive this honor. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Three Black Hills State University students presented their research at an international conference in Africa. Garrett Kohler, psychology major from Lead, D’Aryn Lends His Horse, chemistry major from Eagle Butte, and Katelyn Woten, professional accountancy major from Potter, Neb., attended the Botho University International Conference in Botswana. Read more

Clarion University (Pa.)
Clarion Student Senate, Bacchus Gamma and the University Activities Board co-sponsored a visit by Jenni Schaefer, a renowned motivational speaker, author and respected voice on the topic of eating disorders. Schaefer is a national recovery advocate with Eating Recovery Center. Read more

Henderson State University (Ark.)
A book co-edited by Dr. Angela Boswell, professor of history at Henderson State University, was named the winner of the 25th Annual Liz Carpenter Award for Best Scholarly Book on the History of Women and Texas, published in 2016. Read more

Georgia College

  • Georgia College students are using art to challenge the limits of blindness. Assistant Professor of Art Matthew Forrest has spent the last year creating a partnership with the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon, Georgia. Georgia College students have done tactile coloring book workshops, hosted screen printing demos for Academy students, and worked to garner Academy students more exposure for their artwork. Read more
  • Dr. Nathan Lord, assistant professor, faces a beast of a bug that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in the United States in the past 15 years. He’s researching the tiny emerald ash borer. Working with Xavier University in Ohio, Lord and students are creating a DNA database of beetle species. The repository will be housed at the USDA website, where educational institutions and government agencies can go for information. Read more
  • Eight Georgia College students presented their research at the Academy of Economics and Finance Conference in Charleston, S.C., with two tying for the top prize. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • The important disability rights documentary, I Go Home, which has roots at Millersville University, has been picked up for national broadcast and will be shown on PBS and 90 affiliates this month. Dennis Downey, director of Millersville’s Honors College, was a consultant and on-air commentator for the documentary. Read more
  • A group of nine Millersville students who graduated from McCaskey High School are giving back to their alma mater and the School District of Lancaster through an AmeriCorps project aimed at college and career preparation. The students travel to different schools giving workshops, presentations and panels on various subjects related to college and career readiness. Read more

Stockton University (N.J.)

  • Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky, former assistant football coach at Penn State, discussed the traumatic experiences that led him to become an advocate for survivors at two events at Stockton University in March. Read more
  • Eighteen student veterans from Stockton University will travel to Greece for a specialized seminar with a travel component uniquely relevant to the veteran experience. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Dr. Nitin Agarwal, Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy chair and professor of information science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, was a member of the March 9 South Big Data Hub Roundtable Series, “Anti-Social Computing: Bots, Lies, and the New Information Environment.” Read more
  • Six University of Arkansas at Little Rock students recently had the unique opportunity to present their STEM research to state legislators and about 100 high school students at the 2017 STEM Posters at the Capitol event. Read more
  • A team of University of Arkansas at Little Rock students recently took third place at an international organization’s construction competition. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association recently honored 17 University of Central Oklahoma students with 12 awards at the association’s annual student competition, recognizing the excellence of Central’s Department of Mass Communication in student-produced radio and television broadcasts. Read more

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
University of Maryland Eastern Shore professor Brad Hudson is one of 30 artists invited by the 2017 Star Wars Celebration art show to exhibit an original composition inspired by the popular movie series. Read more

University of North Georgia
After participating in the state's Move On When Ready (MOWR) program, seven students will cross the stage as graduates of the University of North Georgia, six of them before they receive their high school diplomas. MOWR allows eligible high school students the opportunity to enroll in college prior to their high school graduation and to take courses that grant both college and high school credit. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
The entrepreneurial team of Christian Sanchez, Ryan Laughlin and Jake Carr won first prize at the Student Innovation Competition with “Avis Advantage,” a service that makes the new drone craze more accessible for everyone by providing the grounds and tools to take flight. This was the third annual business model competition from the Technology Incubator at Knowledge Park. Read more

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